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TIP 6: Study Methods Used in College May Not Be Helpful in Law School

If you study in the way that you did in college or in a graduate program, you may not achieve your desired results. If you read by assignment, you may end up feeling lost.
A “secret” tool for learning the law well is The Short Outline. If you develop a Short Outline for each course using the chapter titles and subheadings in the casebook and or the professor’s syllabus, you will have the skeletal structure for the course.
The Short Outline provides the roadmap for learning the law.
The free class, How to Get A’s: The Short Outline, is available 24/7. The class was filmed at Vanderbilt Law School. After registration, you will be given the passcode to watch the course.
Very likely, you will need to change your study methods to EXCEL academically. Reading from cover to cover is not the best option if you want to EXCEL. It is important to read and think in terms of chapter titles and subheadings.
If you organize the course materials in light of the chapter titles and subheadings, you can learn the law more easily. You can learn the law in an orderly fashion.
As Professor Skillman explains in The Basic Exam Course™, casebooks are not developed for an introductory learner. They are developed for law professors and other scholars in the field. As a result, the casebook method can be confusing. The organization of the cases is not based upon the chronological development of the law, unlike the organization of cases in Hornbooks.
In The Basic Exam Course™, Professor Skillman teaches students how to read cases and course materials efficiently. As a result, students do not feel overwhelmed or confused. Students also learn how to brief cases proficiently.
We recommend every law student take The Basic Exam Course™. The course gives students the tools for achieving academic excellence. Students learn exactly what to do to EXCEL academically.  The eight-hour course includes three classes including 1) How to Excel in Law School, 2) How to Outline Law School Courses, and 3) Exam Writing and Legal Analysis. The course is available online 24/7. Students who register for the course have access to the course for a year.
At The Skillman Method™, we believe all motivated students can EXCEL if they understand specifically how to study, understand the standards applied to their work, and understand how to meet those standards. Great grades in law school translate into bar success, terrific job opportunities, and empowerment.
xMore than 20,000 students have attended Professor Skillman’s study methods and bar preparation courses. Skillman students report resounding success. Four Skillman lawyers who we know of have become Appellate Court Justices. Skillman lawyers have gone on to become tenured law professors, judges, partners in top firms, and public advocates.

Student Quote

“The advice that you gave me the first semester about using headings and subheadings in order to make a map of where we’re going was stellar! I never felt lost again.”

Third Year Student
Columbus School of Law
The Catholic University of America

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